Canadian Packaging

Danafilms Doubles Coextrusion Capacity In Kentucky


April 6, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Danafilms, Inc., headquartered in Westborough, MA, has announced a 50,000-square-foot expansion of its Franklin, KY facility, doubling the size of  the plant to make room for a new co-extrusion line and accommodate future  growth.

The new Windmoeller & Hoelscher 7-Layer Blown Coextrusion film line will  also double the company’s coextrusion capacity. Danafilms is investing US$7-million in the expansion and plans to start up the new line before the  end of 2010.

Danafilms blown film lines feature high quality, high precision Gloucester Engineering and Windmoeller & Hoelscher equipment.
Source:Image courtesy of Danafilms Inc.

Adding to the prestige of the event, Danafilms’ new line will be on display in operation at the world’s largest trade show for plastics and rubber, the 2010 K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany October 27th to November 3rd, 2010.

"We are really pleased to have our name in front of this international  audience on this state-of-the-art coextrusion line," notes Aaron LaPointe,  Danafilms’ coextrusion technical manager.

"Adding this equipment is not just about redundancy or doubling our  capacity," LaPointe says. "This really allows us to cut the lead times for  coextruded products. We do a great deal of custom work, tweaking the  properties of the films.

"With a seven layer coextrusion, we can provide very precise properties in the most cost-effective configuration possible. With a second line available, we can get the finished work to the customer much faster. This Windmoeller & Hoelscher line is a fantastic piece of equipment, and the new one has all the latest bells and whistles."

The plant expansion is being built by the award-winning Gray Construction of Lexington, KY. "Gray Construction built the original Franklin plant," states Steve Crimmin, sales manager at Danafilms. 

"We’ve been delighted with their work, and we were happy to turn the  contract for the expansion over to them, as well. We are making room not only for this new coextrusion line but for enhanced material handling and future expansion down the line. This new line gives us 7.5 to 8 million pounds of new capacity. Our goal is to constantly improve the customer’s efficiencies and throughput," explains Crimmin. "This will be Danafilms’ 16th line. It gives us the opportunity to bring more value to our customer."

Established in 1970, Danafilms serves a number of diverse applications, including lawn and garden, pet food and supplies, food packaging, electronic packaging and industrial products such as films, tapes and  release liners. It supplies converters with both monolayer and multi-layer coextruded films.

For more information, contact Steve Crimmin at 1-800-634-8289, via e-mail at scrimmin@danafilms.com or visit the Web-site at www.danafilms.com.